How to create a blog

Blogs are a communication feature in which students can express thoughts and ideas electronically. They are for public viewing to all users in the course; the only exception is when a blog is created within a group.

Creating a blog for your course site

  1. Go into the course site in which the Blog creation is desired
  2. Make sure Edit Mode is turned On
  3. Select the Tools link in your content area
  4. Select Blogs
  5. Select Create Blogs
  6. There are some different options you have when setting up Blogs:
    • It is required to make a name for the Blog
    • If you want your students to have access to the Blog right away, set the availability to Yes
      • You can set limited availability with time and date restrictions
    • Blogs can have different participation within it:
      • It can be Individual to All Students:
        • This means that only the owner of the Blog is able to make an entry. The rest of those enrolled in the course are only allowed to view and add comments to entries.
        • In order for students to access their blog, they must make sure they are under their name under the menu bar titled More Blogs.
      • It can be a Course Blog:
        • This means all those enrolled in the course can make entries. They are also all allowed to post comments to entries.
        • In order for students to access the Course Blog, all they must do is select into the correct Blog the teacher has posted
      • You can allow Anonymous posting of entries and comments
  7. You can organize all entries though an index that ranges from Weekly to Monthly
  8. You can Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries (this is feature is not recommended)
  9. You can Allow Users to Delete Comments (this is feature is not recommended)
  10. You have the option to Grade Blogs
    • If this feature is chosen, a column will directly create within your Grade Center
  11. Select Submit

Viewing and Grading Blog Entries

  1. Go into the course site in which the Blog is
  2. Make sure Edit Mode is turned On
  3. Enter Tools > Blogs > The Blog where the entries are that need grading
  4. To the right hand side, find the student’s name which needs a grade for their blog, and select their name
  5. A new box will appear to the right hand side with the title Blog Grade; select Edit Grade
  6. From here, you can enter a grade for the entry as well as give Feedback and Grading Notes
  7. The grade will automatically appear in your Grade Center under the column that was automatically created when the blog was created
  8. The student will be able to automatically see the grade and the feedback as soon as they are edited by the instructor
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